Special Storytime at MPL: Welcome to the Symphony

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Welcome to the Symphony

Learning to play music enriches and empowers children’s concentration, self-discipline, and social skills. Introduce children to the galvanizing power of classical music through a one-of-a-kind author event at Montclair Public Library on Saturday, February 20!

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Watchung Cooperative Preschool Pioneering iPad-Based Literacy Program

BY  |  Monday, Feb 08, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Watching Cooperative Preschool in Montclair is pioneering a new literacy program that allows children to use a special iPad-based application to create, narrate, and illustrate or even act out their own stories, often about the events of their day at school.

The application, Seesaw, is an innovative ‘learning journal’ that allows students of all ages to capture what they are learning at school with photos, videos, and their voice. Parents are notified (via text message, email or the Seesaw parent app) when new items are added to a child’s Seesaw journal and can immediately see and hear what their child did at school that day. Continue Reading

Northeast Elementary Holds 14th Annual Geography Bee!

BY  |  Monday, Feb 08, 2016 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The 14th Annual Geography Bee at Northeast Elementary School, took place this Saturday. The 3-5 Grade winners were 3rd Graders this year — Murielle Bryan, Nicola Murungi and Isabel Pierre.

Murielle Bryan, Nicola Murungi and Isabel Pierre take the prize.

Murielle Bryan, Nicola Murungi and Isabel Pierre take the prize.

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Feb 05, 2016 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Happy February! The weekend is here and we’ve gathered up lots of fun and family friendly events in our area to help you plan your time! Don’t forget about Gas Lamp Players’ production of Mary Poppins, which opens tonight!

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Schools Call Delayed Opening

Friday, Feb 05, 2016 6:28am  |  COMMENTS (0)

rp_alert1-e1295547120319.jpgMontclair Schools call a two-hour delayed opening:

Dear Families, Caregivers and Staff,

All Montclair Public Schools and offices will have a two-hour delayed opening on Friday, Feb 5, due to the weather.

We will continue to monitor the weather and keep you informed if there are any changes.

Thank you,

Montclair Public Schools

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Join Montclair Community Pre-K for a Milk and Cookies Playdate

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 04, 2016 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Community Pre-K

Montclair Community Pre-K (MCPK) will host a Milk and Cookies Playdate on Friday, February 12 from 10-11:30 am, for prospective families with young children ages 0-5. MCPK is devoted to early childhood educational excellence and is available to all families in Montclair regardless of their ability to pay. Families from surrounding towns are welcome.

The Milk & Cookies Playdate is a great opportunity to come in from the cold and socialize with other young families. They’ll have a teacher on-hand to lead children in pretend play while adults learn more about our nationally-recognized, award-winning preschool program.

Montclair Community Pre-K
49 Orange Road, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
RSVP: playdate@montclairprek.org



Montclair Historical Society offers $500 Hortense Tate Scholarship

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 04, 2016 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Historical SocietyFor over 50 years, education has been a critical component of the Montclair Historical Society’s mission—embodied in its local history programs for school children and adults, and in its library which is a center for local historical research. Furthermore, the inhabitants of the historic properties we maintain – particularly Hortense Tate, the namesake for this $500 scholarship — placed great emphasis on education.

The Shultz family, who built “Evergreens” at 30 North Mountain Avenue in 1896, were the STEM advocates of their day – valuing science and technology advances in particular. Israel Crane built the 1796 Crane House, originally located at 159 Glenridge Avenue, and was a strong advocate for children’s education in Montclair.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Takes the Stage

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


If we all got a standardized Parent Starter Kit, it would no doubt include some Eric Carle books. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the first books many of us read to our kids, and it has pride of place in a new live show of Eric Carle stories running through March 27 at the 47th Street Theater in NYC.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show mixes Carle’s stories with large, Lion King-style puppets and colorful projections that are simple enough for babies to enjoy and clever enough for kids up to about age 6. The hard-working and eager-to-please cast—Ariel Lauren, Kayla Prestel, Jake Bazel, Weston Long and Mindy Leanse—splits an hour’s running time into four sections of Carle’s work.

The first has an artist moving one color at a time through many of the animals found throughout Carle’s books—including a purple fox, an orange elephant and a black polar bear—with each one taking the stage as a dancing puppet. The section moves at an easy pace with gently pulsating music and gets kids into the groove of the show. The framework for each animal’s appearance is repeated, but every puppet brings a little jolt of surprise when it comes onstage. Continue Reading

Montclair BOE: Cummings Brings Up 2013 Test Leak Investigation

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016 8:35am  |  COMMENTS (46)

The Montclair Board of Education

The Montclair Board of Education

Perhaps due to the late notice of the rescheduling, or maybe because of its light agenda, the Montclair Board of Education’s general meeting for January, originally scheduled for January 25 but postponed due to the aftermath of the recent blizzard, drew few residents last night.  The board met for about 45 minutes after an executive session and went into a second executive session to discuss contract negotiations.

The body of the public portion of the meeting was mostly devoted to passing resolutions, though not without some discussion and a surprise declaration by BOE member David Cummings regarding the 2013 investigation by the BOE into leaked assessments.

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President’s Day Fun Activities & Winter Mini-Camps

BY  |  Monday, Feb 01, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

5497762031_4301db3fc7-288x350Schools will be closed on Monday, February 15 for Presidents Day. Need some activities to keep you kids occupied? We’ve rounded up some fun options for that day and also mini-camps if your little ones have a longer break that week. Enjoy!

Vacation Camps

Montclair YMCA Staycation Program Ages 3-6

Who: Kids ages 3 – 6.

What: Enjoy a variety of activities, including swimming, art, gym, science, cooking, music, story time and more.

Where: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 

When: Monday, February 15 & Tuesday, February 16. Full day: 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Half day: 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Cost: Full-day: $60 Members $70 Non-Members / Half-day: $45 Member $55 Non-Members. $20 per add-on workshop. Advanced registration is required. For more information, contact Marlon Pollard Program Director mpollard@montclairymca.org or 973-415-6139 (For time sensitive questions, please email).

Montclair YMCA Staycation: School Vacation Program

Who: Kids in grades 1 – 6.

What: A full day of activities, including gym time, games, swimming, crafts and more. Bring lunch, snack and a drink.

Where: YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street, Montclair or Bullock School (When Montclair schools are closed), 55 Washington Street, Montclair

When: Friday February 12 (Verona only), Monday, February 15 – Wednesday, February 17 from 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

Cost: $60 per day per child for members; $70 for non-members. Registration two full business days in advance is required. No late registrations will be accepted. For more information, call 973-415-6102 or email kgriffiths@montclairymca.org.

Swimming in an indoor poolSouth Mountain YMCA Vacation Camp

Who: Grades k – 5.

What: Games, sports, crafts and more. Bring a bag lunch. Afternoon snack is supplied.

Where: South Mountain YMCA, 13 Jefferson Ave., Maplewood

When: Friday, February 12 & Monday, February 15 from 7:15am – 7:00pm

Cost: $80 per child/day (space is limited to the first 70 kids). For more information, 973-762-4145 or visit smountainymca.org. Continue Reading

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Terrific roundup! We're very fortunate to have great restaurants like these in and near Montclair.

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